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    Yesterday, 11:18 PM
    and the more ya do it the better it gets!
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    Yesterday, 02:00 AM
    What charcoal ya usin ?? mine is the cleanest BP I have had in years - hybrid willow - and watch that the sulphur you use is 99.9% pure yellow sulphur - theres a lot of sulphur product out there in agriculture that has 10% clay in it (got a bag of...
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    Yesterday, 01:51 AM
    indian joe replied to a thread Cleaning a win 94... in Leverguns
    Nothing at all wrong with this A tip on bore guides though - have seen a couple homemade nylon or HDPE for muzzle loaders that were parallel side and fit inside the bore - dont know what those guys were thinking - one of those rifles had a distinct...
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    09-17-2018, 09:01 AM
    A few years back I visited the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron Nebraska, the lineup of firearms there is illuminating - plenty of 58 and 62 calibre, a couple of 54's - none of those old fellers went out in the mountains plinking Elk and Grizzly...
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    09-17-2018, 12:47 AM
    How dead do ya want things? My hunting rig is a 54 CVA Hawken - light as a feather to carry - 220 grain RB over 120 grains FFg - its absolutely flattened anything I hit with it - Goats, Roos, a couple pigs. we dont have stuff downunder that eats ya...
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    09-16-2018, 11:55 PM
    Kev - you can replace the worn blade in those German Silver winchester front sights - just raid Grandmas' cutlery draw for an old silver plated spoon or fork and shape a new blade from the butt end - I used an old 22 barrel dovetail to set the sight...
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    09-16-2018, 06:19 PM
    why not??? got too many other projects goin on !!!
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    09-16-2018, 06:18 PM
    more weight less speed = zero net gain old CVA will shoot minies ok but you gotta mean it when ya load the powder
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    09-16-2018, 03:11 AM
    I am gonna ask Why? and you are proly gonna say cuz I want to .................:bigsmyl2:..(no better reason!!) These are good roundball guns - if you have that round ball load sorted - you can do close to 2000 FPS and put em inside three inches at...
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    09-15-2018, 07:00 PM
    And me Knarley
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    09-14-2018, 11:59 PM
    Oldred I wonder who starts all the stories about how hard blackpowder guns are to clean? Seems like a lot of blokes that havent used black are scairt of it because of the cleaning "problems" .....yeah you do have to do it - cant put em away dirty...
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    09-14-2018, 08:07 PM
    Rokitt I am puzzled :???: I have a Uberti 1876 that has had over five hundred blackpowder rounds through it -- has not needed to be dismantled - dont look like it will need to be in the near future. If your load is figured right the crud stays in...
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    09-13-2018, 11:57 PM
    I am highly delighted I got a 38/55 that is NOT the real thing ! :-D Its a lever gun so I guess we dont belong here anyhow ----undersized 375 bore + cheap LEE mold + blackpowder + no finickity loading process = bullseyes ......wanted a 38/55 for...
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    09-13-2018, 06:03 AM
    there a lot of semi buckhorn sights about - I found it interesting that my Winchester catalog did not list them at all - maybe common sense intervened for a little while!
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    09-12-2018, 10:09 PM
    Kev I have an original Winchester catalog (unsure of the date - the 1886 is listed 33WCF round nickel barrel, 45/70 octagon or round barrel - so I am guessing this is around WW1 vintage - they were still selling the 73 - a octagon barrel 86 rifle...
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    09-12-2018, 07:53 AM
    100% kerect!
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    09-12-2018, 07:48 AM
    I was assuming APP being a BP sub was a full case load ? not so ? dont gain anything from a wad ? great ! one less thing for him to do. Ifn I had a Spencer I would run it on black powder - just what I would do - have had plenty of time with...
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    09-12-2018, 12:53 AM
    Cut an inch off that ball barrel, recrown it, re set the front sight- ya proly get it back like new.
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    09-12-2018, 12:47 AM
    Knarley I dont know about wads with this powder and I guess it depends what you want from that rifle - I have been shooting a 1876 Uberti of late trying for accuracy and my groups at 100 yards with that rifle have shrunk from 3" -4" down to under...
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    09-11-2018, 10:17 PM
    my winchester (1980's vinatge commemorative) is 378 bore - I shoot the LEE 250 grain as cast - its a good BP boolit - this outfit shoots REAL good
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    09-11-2018, 10:11 PM
    theres a writeup on its corrosion capacity in the substitutes thread - I have never used it so dont know - but if they claim corrosion problems and cleanup problems with real blackpowder in their advertising - that would raise a flag agin it for me .
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    09-11-2018, 10:08 PM
    so people are still allowed to tell lies in adverts !
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    09-09-2018, 11:26 PM
    cross that one off the list then!! .........I heard a rumor that they (Winchester/olin/whatstherename) outsourced their primers from someplace for a bit - proly five to eight years ago we had our problem - switched to Federal - aint goin back!
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    09-09-2018, 10:04 PM
    Are your winchester primers brass colour or silver -- we used Winchester primers for forty years - they were always silver colour and they always worked - got a batch some years back that were brass colour and we had lots of trouble - double strikes...
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    09-09-2018, 04:36 AM
    indian joe replied to a thread patch cutting in Muzzleloading.
    Good method - yes - nice gadget - yes - quieter yes - I just am not seeing easier (unles there is a problem swinging a hammer) or better or faster than a quality punch and hammer on a decent block --- does it matter - NO! - we both gonna get enough...
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    09-08-2018, 05:52 AM
    Dont need a crimp in a single shot ......... hes huntin..... first shot dont quite git it done, hammer back, lever down, empty case spits out slick and quick, pulls second round from his lil bandolier thingy, chambered, lever up, kaboom .... plugged...
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    09-07-2018, 11:11 PM
    indian joe replied to a thread patch cutting in Muzzleloading.
    Its a fun gadget and you did a nice job of it but time saving ? Nah - I bet I can race ya with my arch punch and hammer - twelve at the time and just a couple good whacks ........:Fire:
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    09-07-2018, 11:02 PM
    For hunting loads you might want to think about sacrificing the last little bit of accuracy in favour of practicality - easy function. Enough crimp to hold everything in place and ensure easy chambering ? Cold fumbly fingers and a cold gun ? Do...
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    09-06-2018, 11:45 PM
    I Think the world has gone mad !! just cruising ebay looking for LDPE sheet at reasonable price - no luck on that - but I can buy a 45 cal carbide rifling button for AU$43 delivered. ?? No idea how I would use that but tempted for a minit
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check